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Thousands of illegal vapes and cigarettes seized in Ely

Photo credit: Cambridgeshire County Council

Over 4,000 illegal vapes have been seized from two shops in Ely.

One shop was found to have 1,340 illegal vapes along with 23,280 illicit cigarettes and 4.65 Kilos of hand rolling tobacco, the other shop was found to have 2,810 illegal vapes. 

The operation follows an influx of intelligence from concerned members of the public, and is part of an ongoing investigation across Cambridgeshire to tackle the supply of illegal tobacco and nicotine products. 

In 2023, Trading Standards seized 8,801 vapes, over 26,000 illicit cigarettes and 38 packs of hand rolling tobacco in Cambridgeshire.

Peter Gell, Cambridgeshire County Council:

"These ongoing, targeted enforcement operations send a clear message to the shops that supply these products and the organised crime gangs behind these crimes that the sale of illegal tobacco and nicotine products won’t be tolerated in Cambridgeshire, and we are committed to taking a hard line with anyone we uncover perpetrating these crimes.

"The level of Intelligence we receive from the public and local law-abiding businesses is also indicative of local feeling towards these crimes. 

"They don’t want these crimes being committed in their local communities, and we will continue to tackle it on their behalf."

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